There's a lot to be said about the impact of Greek life on campus. Whether you are a member of a fraternity or a sorority you'll want to announce your pride in having secured a place and escaped dorm life and an increasing number of suppliers are happy to help you with a range of clothing ranging from Greek sweatshirts to accessories and custom screen prints of all shapes and sizes.
With the end of the semester here, many places are seeing runs on productions of customized Greek clothes such as graduation stoles or clothing suitable for celebrating summer and the seasons to come. The end of the year is bringing all sorts of opportunities to let your hair down and enjoy the lighter side of life, but that's no reason to start disregarding some of the basic rules of how you present yourself.
We're all proud of our affiliations - and why not? As many people will testify, joining the Greek system is one of the best things you can do in terms of giving yourself the opportunities to develop and take advantage of the help of your fellow Greeks. But there's one rule that you'd be advised to bear in mind at all times - when you're wearing Greek clothes, don't double letter.
What on earth is double lettering? It's one of those superstitions that almost have the force of an unwritten law, and it's basically one of not wearing more than one item with Greek lettering on at a time. That means, for example, that under the Greek sweatshirts worn for the evening, you shouldn't also be wearing a Greek polo shirt. In some circles it's why the 'no tattoo' rule doesn't even get broken for Greek lettering - otherwise whatever you wear you're in danger of breaking the rule.
And yet there's something almost magnetic about Greek clothes - quite aside from the pride and sense of shared identity - that can make it hard to resist it. In truth I think it's frowned on because it's a form of laziness. We take pride in our appearance and in our membership, and that comes with standards of dress and turn out that shouldn't be flouted. It's like the thin line between individuality and becoming a hipster, except in the other direction. In this case though it's the fine line between celebrating Greek style and becoming a Greek lettered clotheshorse, no better than anyone slavishly coating themselves in corporate logos.
So think about that while you're browsing the web for jackets or accessories. There's some great custom wear out there, don't get me wrong, but be prepared at the very least for some ribbing if you unzip those Greek sweatshirts to reveal vests over long sleeve t-shirts before grabbing your laptops from your lettered backpacks. If you've gone that far you need to stop, take a step or two back, and reconsider the message you're sending out. That said, it's the end of semester, so get out there and have some fun.
This article discuss about Greek sweatshirts and the options available for celebrating your membership of the Greek system with clothing and accessories. It also takes a slightly wry look at the pitfalls of double-lettering and why pride in your fraternity or sorority can be a fine line to walk sometimes.